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Bingham big winner at AMA's

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Ryan Bingham won the Americana Music Association's top honor, artist of the year, and also took song of the year for “The Weary Kind,” the theme to the movie “Crazy Heart,” during a star-studded show Thursday night at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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The trophies keep piling up for Ryan Bingham, this time at the Americana Awards.

Bingham won the Americana Music Association's top honor, artist of the year, and also took song of the year for “The Weary Kind,” the theme to the movie “Crazy Heart,” during a star-studded show Thursday night at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The gravel-voiced 29-year-old former bull rider won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for original song earlier this year for his collaboration with producer T Bone Burnett.

“Man, I don't know if I really deserve this,” Bingham said. “Everyone on the list are all people I've looked up to and admired for a long time.”

Other artist of the year nominees were Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, Steve Earle, and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Bingham was the only multiple winner at the awards. He also was nominated for new/emerging artist of the year. Top nominee Dave Rawlings, who received four nominations for his debut album “A Friend of a Friend,” was shut out.

Rosanne Cash won album of the year for “The List,” her tribute to the music loved by her father, Johnny Cash. The album is made up of songs culled from a list of 100 essential country songs that father gave daughter.

North Carolina roots rockers The Avett Brothers won duo/group of the year.

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